November 23, 2009

Unusual Tales - The Perfect Forecaster

"Unusual Tales", a series presenting Steve Ditko's comics from 1957 to 1959 that are in the public domain.

"The Perfect Forecaster" is a 5-page story from Charlton's OUT OF THIS WORLD #10 [1958].  It's one of the less interesting stories from that era, about a man who calls in to a meteorologist with accurate predictions of the weather, claiming the information comes from a "weatherscope".  Apparently he can also predict irrational greedy behaviour from people at the weather bureau.

There's no real strong visual hook to give Ditko's design skills a chance to come through, but the characters look pretty good, especially the young girl Dorothy.

Some links to check out:
Buy Ditko's creator-owned work
MR. A. now available
Find out about the fanzine DITKOMANIA
New issue out soon
Check out new and upcoming Ditko publications
Pet Avengers, eh?
Download public domain comics, likely including the one this story is from
(scans in this series generally adapted to my personal tastes from those copies)

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